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Developing hydroponic systems for vegetables sown at high density

Priority Axis

Technological and Social Innovation

Specific objective

Technological Innovation

Lead partner


Start Date


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Project budget

2 857 450

ERDF amount

1 714 470

ERDF rate



    Common challenge

    The program area has a strong focus on stimulating sustainable, resource-efficient production through technological improvement. Innovative production improvements by growers by introduction of novel hydroponic cultivation systems offers great potential to produce high-quality crops with reduced environmental impact. Hydroponics benefits growers by increased productivity, by improved efficient management of crop cultivation while controlling diseases that influence yield and revenue. More than 90% of greenhouse cultivation of fruit vegetables has shifted to hydroponics; leafy vegetables grown at low plant density (e.g. lettuce) are starting to implement systems. However, no straightforward solutions are available for vegetable crops traditionally densely sown in rows in the field. Investing in a novel hydroponic system developed in co-creation with the stakeholders and adequate technology transfer to adapt skills for implementation will therefore be a key output from Hy4Dense.



    Proeftuin Zwaagdijk


    Howest (Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen)

    University of Essex